Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

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Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern)

Directed by Stina Werenfels

  • Switzerland, Germany 2015; 90 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Drama
    • Cinelab Award for Best Image, Cineuropa Award - Brussels FF


At the age of 18, Dora is just beginning to blossom. Her mother Kristin has recently decided that Dora’s psychotherapeutic medication is no longer necessary. As the mentally disabled young woman rushes headlong into life, a man takes a liking to her. The two soon become sexually involved – much to Kristin’s dismay. Unbeknownst to her parents, Dora continues meeting the dubious man, who is obviously taken with her unrestrained sensuality. Whilst her mother’s attempts to have a second child have thus far been of no avail, Dora becomes pregnant.

Director's Statement

When in 2003 I saw Lukas Bärfuss’ premiere of The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents I left the theatre struck with a sense of ambivalence. One question kept going round and round in my head: What is morally right and what is wrong? I’ve been mulling over these questions ever since and eventually they led to this film.



    Franziska Sonder 

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